Michael Gordon

Michael Gordon

Michael Gordon is the political editor of The Age.

Tony Abbott's eyes and ears opened to indigenous priorities

Michael Gordon Tony Abbott's engagement with intoxicated adults and kids out late in Arnhem Land was short on fanfare and big on intention.

Yunupingu scion ready to fulfil indigenous legacy

Michael Gordon As Gapirri Yunupingu-Collins sat at the bedside of his gravely-ill and famous father, Galarrwuy, at a Darwin hospital earlier this year, the idea began to take hold. It was time to come home.

Prime Minister refuses to back Noel Pearson's plan

Prime Minister Tony Abbott meets with Noel Pearson, Chairman of the Cape York Group, during his visit to North East Arnhem Land.

Michael Gordon Tony Abbott has declined to endorse Noel Pearson's new direction on recognition of indigenous Australians as Aboriginal leaders express alarm that the move could fracture indigenous consensus on the...

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Tony Abbott and Bill Shorten meet in private to nut out indigenous constitution question

Bipartisan agreement: Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Labor Party leader Bill Shorten have agreed to work together on the indigenous constitution question.

Michael Gordon Tony Abbott and Bill Shorten have met privately and resolved to work together to maximise the prospects of the referendum recognising Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the constitution.

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Tony Abbott leaves East Arnhem Land early to farewell troops

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meets with children during his visit to the Dharpa Djarmma Furniture Studio in the Gunyangara community during his visit to North East Arnhem Land on Tuesday  16 September 2014. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

Michael Gordon and David Wroe Tony Abbott is set to interrupt his week-long stay in remote East Arnhem Land to farewell air force personnel headed for combat operations in Iraq on Thursday.

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Prime Minister Tony Abbott directs Iraqi deployment from indigenous community in Arnhem Land

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Michael Gordon It isn't hard to tell the Prime Minister's tent from all the others in the sea of khaki amid the stringybarks that is the centre of a government on a footing of war.

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Referendum on indigenous Australians should be conservative: PM

Down to earth: Prime Minister Tony Abbott assists with a tree planting in north-east Arnhem Land on Monday.

Michael Gordon Tony Abbott has signalled his conviction that a referendum recognising indigenous Australians is more likely to succeed if it is "spiritually ambitious" but legally conservative.

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Tony Abbott's attention may be a little divided during his week in Arnhem Land

Tony Abbott during a welcome to country ceremony in Yirrkala, Arnhem Land.

Michael Gordon Even before Tony Abbott announced that about 600 air and military personnel would prepare to join the fight against "the death cult that exalts in evil", this was going to be a week like no other for...

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Morrison says High Court loss won't affect mandatory detention of refugees

Scott Morrison

Michael Gordon and Conrad Walters Immigration Minister Scott Morrison has rejected claims that his latest High Court defeat could have implications for thousands of asylum seekers in immigration detention.

Medicos should consider boycott of offshore detention centres: doctors

'We call on the colleges and the AMA to lobby for effective change.'

Sarah Whyte and Michael Gordon Health professionals should consider a boycott of offshore immigration detention centres to force aimed at forcing an end to "substandard and harmful" treatment of asylum seekers, according to two...

Dignified in the dock, Julia Gillard checks attack on invoices

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Michael Gordon For a brief few minutes on Wednesday, Jeremy Stoljar SC seemed to sense a crack in the wall Julia Gillard had patiently constructed to defend her conduct as a young lawyer with a flawed boyfriend...

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Manus whistleblower claims he warned Salvation Army of employees wanting to fight

Riots erupted at the Manus Island detention centre on February 17.

Michael Gordon The Salvation Army was warned that two of its employees at the Manus Island detention centre wanted to take part in a fight with detainees before scores of asylum seekers were injured in a night of...

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Peta Credlin emails to Liberal Party donor reveals 'cash for questions' link

Peta Credlin, chief of staff to Prime Minister Tony Abbott.

Kate McClymont, Michaela Whitbourn, Michael Gordon Labor has accused the federal government of taking ‘‘cash for questions’’ after it was revealed that Tony Abbott’s chief of staff, Peta Credlin, planned to use...

Peta Credlin: A mystery that went nowhere

Michael Gordon Mark Dreyfus dubbed it "cash for questions" and spoke of "remarkable allegations that go to the highest levels of the Abbott government".

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New UN human rights chief attacks Australia over asylum seeker rights 'violations'

Manus Island.

Michael Gordon Australia has been accused of a "chain of human rights violations" in its treatment of asylum seekers by the incoming United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein.

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Secret isolation unit used for 'misbehaving' asylum seekers on Manus Island

Scott Morrison

Michael Gordon The most notorious compound at the Manus Island detention centre does not appear on the official map. The four main compounds, Delta, Foxtrot, Mike and Oscar, are all clearly marked. But not this one.

Inquiry sought into brain death of asylum seeker

Hamid Khazaei

Sarah Whyte and Michael Gordon The former director of mental health services at Manus Island has called for an independent investigation into the brain death of an asylum seeker who remains on life support in Brisbane.

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Tony Abbott bullish as mining tax demise gives Coalition a much-needed boost

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Michael Gordon Tony Abbott has been able to tick off a key pre-election promise, just in time to buoy his backbench on the eve of the government's first anniversary of taking power.

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Palmer demanding concessions over TPVs

Sarah Whyte and Michael Gordon Clive Palmer has signalled he will support restoring temporary protection visas only if the Abbott government removes asylum seeker children from Christmas Island and Nauru.

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Frustration grows among asylum seekers as PNG yet to offer resettlement

Asylum seekers despair at the Papua New Guinea government's failure to decide on a resettlement policy.

Michael Gordon and Sarah Whyte More than three months after Tony Abbott said asylum seekers would begin to be resettled in Papua New Guinea, the PNG government is still to decide on a resettlement policy.

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